FIFA’s medical committee will discuss Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho’s treatment of club doctor Eva Carneiro in their next meeting in September, according to Sky Sports.
The medical committee’s chairman Michael D’Hooghe confirmed that they have included the issue happened at Stamford Bridge between Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and Chelsea first team doctor Eva Carneiro and head physio Jon Fearn.
Mourinho has attracted heavy criticism from the sports medical profession after labelling Carneiro and her fellow physio Jon Fearn “impulsive and naive” for treating Eden Hazard late on in the opening day of Premier League against Swansea at Stamford Bridge and suspending them from dugout for the next two matches.
Chelsea were drawing the match 2-2 against Swansea City with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois sent off and playing with one man down and in the dying minutes of the game, the medical team duo rushed into the field to treat Eden Hazard who had a knock. Mourinho was furious with the duo as his team was temporarily left out with nine men on the field and could not score a winning goal and had to be satisfied with one point only.
Carneiro has not been present on the touchline for the London club’s last two matches and D’Hooghe said: “I have put it on the agenda of the medical committee that takes place on September 11 in Zurich.”
“This is once again an example of the difficult situation of the team doctor and I want to discuss this with my colleagues and to see if we need to give a declaration from the medical side to help team doctors.”
“The most important thing is if he arrives in a situation where he thinks he has to judge his medical duty and other issues then he must not hesitate. You would expect me to support a team, doctor.”
“Such problems arise everywhere in the world but of course it has come up with Mourinho and Chelsea.”
Chelsea has so far refused to comment on the incident apart from a written statement which confirmed Carneiro’s indefinite demotion earlier this month.
The Gibraltarian sports medicine specialist used her Facebook page to thank the “general public for their overwhelming support” in the wake of her role being changed.